The Vazen 40mm t/2 1.8X Anamorphic Prime is claimed to be the world’s first 1.8X anamorphic prime designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras with 4:3 sensors.
The 1.8x squeeze produces a 2.39:1 aspect ratio when used with 4:3 M43 sensors like the Panasonic GH5 and Z-cam E2. The lens features a T2 aperture and the breathing looked to be reasonably well controlled. The MOD is 2.7′.
- Focal Length: 40mm
- Min. Focus: 2.7’ (0.82m)
- T-stop range: T/2 – T/16
- Front Diameter: 110mm
- Weight: 3.97 lbs (1.8kg)
- Dimensions: 4.33” x 6.89” (110 x 175mm)
- Mount: Micro Four Thirds M43
The lens has a front anamorphic design, and Vazen claims that the lens has buttery smooth oval bokeh, signature blue horizontal flare and gives users that widescreen cinematic look.
The VZ anamorphic prime was quite large and heavy for a Micro Four Thirds lens, it tips the scales at 1.8kg.
The lens has a 110mm front diameter for use with a standard matte box and the aperture and focus rings are built with 0.8 mod cine gears. The focus throw is 300°.
We had a quick play with the lens on a Panasonic GH4 at the booth and while it seemed ok I didn’t use it for nearly enough time to be able to form any type of concrete opinion.
Other focal lengths of the VZ primes are in the works. It’s expected that the 28mm and 65mm VZ 1.8x anamorphic primes will be launched later in the year.
Price & Availability
The Vazen (VZ) 40mm t/2 1.8X Anamorphic Prime is now available to pre-order for $3,250 USD. It is expected to start shipping at the end of this month.